Nature Sightings

We invite you to enjoy these wildlife images and videos that have been sent to us by members and friends from throughout our region.

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Latest Sightings:

White-tailed Deer in Lincoln

July 19, 2018

A white-tailed deer in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A white-tailed deer in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this white-tailed deer along the Sudbury River in Lincoln.

Great Golden Digger Wasp in Northborough

July 18, 2018

A great golden digger wasp in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A great golden digger wasp in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A great golden digger wasp in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A great golden digger wasp in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this great golden digger wasp in Northborough.

Monarch and Hummingbird in Framingham

July 18, 2018

A monarch butterfly in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a monarch butterfly and a ruby-throated hummingbird near his Framingham home.

Nature at Tower Hill in Boylston

July 17, 2018

A black swallowtail butterfly at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black swallowtail butterfly at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green frog at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green frog at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly at Tower Hill in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a black swallowtail butterfly, an eastern bluebird, a green frog, a monarch butterfly, and an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly at Tower Hill in Boylston.

Swans in Lincoln

July 17, 2018

Mute swans on Farrar Pond in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
Mute swans on Farrar Pond in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this family of mute swans on Farrar Pond in Lincoln.

House Sparrow and Downy Woodpecker in Southborough

July 16, 2018

A house sparrow (top) and a downy woodpecker in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow (top) and a downy woodpecker in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow (top) and a downy woodpecker in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow (top) and a downy woodpecker in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow (top) and a downy woodpecker in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow (top) and a downy woodpecker in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow (top) and a downy woodpecker in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow (top) and a downy woodpecker in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this series of a house sparrow scolding a downy woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Ospreys in Hopkinton

July 16, 2018

An osprey nest at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey nest at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey nest at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey nest at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey nest at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey nest at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey nest at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An osprey nest at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a family of ospreys at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary.

Turkeys and Rabbits in Sudbury

July 15, 2018

A cotton-tailed rabbit in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed cotton-tailed rabbits and turkeys near her Subury home.

Woodchuck and Barn Swallows in Concord

July 15, 2018

Barn swallows along the Sudbury River in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Barn swallows along the Sudbury River in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Barn swallows along the Sudbury River in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Barn swallows along the Sudbury River in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
A woodchuck along the Sudbury River in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
A woodchuck along the Sudbury River in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.

Terri Ackerman photographed barn swallows and a woodchuck along the Sudbury River in Concord.

Big Brown Bat in Stow

July 14, 2018

A big brown bat in Stow.
A big brown bat in Stow.

Steve from Stow photographed this big brown bat, one of several flying over his home.

Red-tailed Hawk in Wayland

July 14, 2018

A red-tailed hawk in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.

Russ Place photographed this red-tailed hawk in Wayland.

Dragonfly in Harvard

July 13, 2018

A dragonfly in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A dragonfly in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.

Robin Right photographed this dragonfly in Harvard.

Wood Ducks at Assabet River NWR

July 13, 2018

A family of wood ducks at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Christine Goddard.
A family of wood ducks at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Christine Goddard.

Christine Goddard photographed a family of wood ducks at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard.

Wildlife in Southborough

July 11, 2018

A cedar waxwing in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A cedar waxwing in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A dragonfly in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A dragonfly in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A honey bee in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A honey bee in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a cedar waxwing, a dragonfly, an eastern bluebird, a honey bee, and a monarch butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Dragonfly at Garden in the Woods

July 10, 2018

A blue dasher in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A blue dasher in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed this blue dasher at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.

Monarch Caterpillars and Chrysalis in Framingham

July 10, 2018

A monarch chrysalis in Framingham, photographed by Eileen Aronson.
A monarch chrysalis in Framingham, photographed by Eileen Aronson.
A monarch caterpillar in Framingham, photographed by Eileen Aronson.
A monarch caterpillar in Framingham, photographed by Eileen Aronson.
A monarch caterpillar in Framingham, photographed by Eileen Aronson.
A monarch caterpillar in Framingham, photographed by Eileen Aronson.

Eileen Aronson photographed a monarch chrysalis and caterpillars in Framingham.

White-tailed Deer in Stow

July 10, 2018

White-tailed deer in Stow.
White-tailed deer in Stow.
White-tailed deer in Stow.
White-tailed deer in Stow.

Steve from stow photographed these fawns near his home.

Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly in Northborough

July 9, 2018

An eastern pondhawk in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
An eastern pondhawk in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed this eastern pondhawk in Northborough.

Hummingbird and Sparrow at Breakneck Hill

July 9, 2018

A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a ruby-throated hummingbird and a song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Luna Moth in Maynard

July 9, 2018

A luna moth in Maynard, photographed by Jodi Beebe.
A luna moth in Maynard, photographed by Jodi Beebe.

Jodi Beebe photographed this luna moth in Maynard.

Cotton-tailed Rabbit in Stow

July 8, 2018

A cotton-tailed rabbit in Stow.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Stow.

Steve from Stow photographed this cotton-tailed rabbit near his home.

Honey Bee in Framingham

July 8, 2018

A honey bee in Framingham, photographed by Nancy Shaw.
A honey bee in Framingham, photographed by Nancy Shaw.

Nancy Shaw photographed this honey bee in Framingham.

Gypsy Moth in Framingham

July 6, 2018

A gypsy moth in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gypsy moth in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this gypsy moth in Framingham.

Great Blue Heron in Marlborough

July 5, 2018

A great blue heron in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this great blue heron as it was fishing at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Birds in Maynard

July 3, 2018

A northern flicker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A northern flicker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A turkey in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A turkey in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A Baltimore oriole in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A Baltimore oriole in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A gray catbird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A gray catbird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Baltimore orioles in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Baltimore orioles in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A house wren in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A house wren in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed a northern flicker, a turkey, Baltimore orioles, a gray catbird, and a house wren near her Maynard home.